Saturday, April 30, 2005

Bush As Robin Hood?

One of two posts today. (Sorry!)

I read this and was aghast:
Democrats like to portray Mr. Bush as King George or Marie Antoinette. But on Thursday night, when he promised to improve benefits for the poor while limiting them for everyone else, he sounded more like Robin Hood, especially when he rhapsodized about poor people getting a chance to build up assets that they could pass along to their children.
Is he really serious? I mean poverty has increased under Bush's watch. Medicaid is getting slashed, education is getting slashed, more and more people are lacking health insurance. Oh yeah, the free loader estate tax cut and other tax cuts are giving the well off even more. Robin Hood...but in reverse.

In the article Tierney seems to claim that S.S. isn't as good as people say because there are still elderly in poverty. Seems as though reducing elderly poverty by two-thirds isn't really that good.

Has anyone read, "People's History of the United States"? It is filled with examples of the well off pitting the middle class against the poor. That seems exactly what this Tierney guy--and the Administration--seems to be doing. In Bush's scheme, the middle class will get screwed as far as gauranteed benefits. The poor won't really be better off than they are now, however. And if you start indexing on inflation instead of wages, then it's possible that even they won't do as well.

Creative wordsmiths can't obfuscate the facts. The big winners in this scheme will be the well off. I'll save that discussion for another time (but take a look at "Perfectly Legal" by David Cay Johnston).

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